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Discworld Monthly - Issue 266 May 2019

Issue 266

1. Editorial

Welcome to issue 266 of Discworld Monthly. I'd like to start by thanking all you lovely readers who wrote in emails of support after my little rant in the last editorial. I've had time to reflect on what was said and have to say that most Discworld fans are the best people in the world.

Sadly this month we have to say farewell to the lovely Jack Cohen (co-author of the Science of Discworld books and veteran of many Discworld Conventions) who sadly passed away on the 6th May.

I loved attending some of Jack's talks at the various Discworld Convention were he tried hard to explain science and I tried hard to understand it.

GNU Jack Cohen.

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This upcoming bank holiday weekend is going to be very special for us. We have Daniel Knight direct of Troll Bridge coming to visit and he, special effects supervisor Christian Bloch and Cohen himself, actor Don Bridges will be attending the European Premiere of Troll Bridge, just a few minutes drive from us in Llanelli. We hope that many of the 400 fans that are making the trip to the other Wild West (see the Witch's Vacuum Cleaner) will come in costume. I don't think Llanelli will know what's going to hit it.

It's going to be so much fun catching up with so many of our friends and getting the opportunity to show of what an amazingly beautiful part of the world we live in.

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If you have something you'd like to chat with other fans about, why not send us a readers' letter, to

Jason

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Jason Rincewind Anthony-Rowlands (Editor and Wizzard)
Rachel Anthony-Rowlands (Woman who is going to wear just clothes)
Richard Massey (Skyping Failure)

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We like to thank all those that have already helped, you really do make a difference.

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1.1 Important Information

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And our website, discworldmonthly.co.uk which contains loads of information about the books, stage productions around the world, interesting articles, back issues and our merchandise shop.

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1.2 Submissions

Want to make your opinions about the Discworld known to the world?

Have you been to see a play or a Discworld related event and want to write a review about it?

Then get writing! We are always on the lookout for exclusive articles and reviews to share with our readers so don't hesitate, email us today with the subject Article/Review at

If you are putting on a stage production or know of a stage production near you, please email us and let us know about that too.

We happily advertise all stage productions for free and we can help in other ways too. Email with the Subject line "Stage Production".

The deadline for submissions to issue 267 of Discworld Monthly is Thursday 20th June 2019.

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1.3 Merchandise

Discworld Monthly has an amazing (if we say so ourselves) range of mugs , badges , fridge magnets , keyrings , mouse mats and window stickers for sale worldwide.

If you love the idea of The Watch series, we have our very own Vimes and Errol range available for your delight.

If you want something a bit more personal, you can always show your love for your favourite Discworld newsletter with a personalised Discworld Monthly mug.


2. News

2.1 Troll Bridge European Premiere

Don't forget, the premiere happens on Monday 27th May at 1pm in the Ffwrnes Theatre in Llanelli. Make sure you are there for around 12.30pm to allow time to get everyone into the theatre.

We would love to see you all in costume at this amazing opportunity to be part of this wonderful event which includes a Q&A with director Daniel Knight, VFX Supervisor Christian Bloch and actor Don Bridges.

The Q&A should start around 1.30pm after the screening and even if you cannot attend in person, you can watch the Q&A on Facebook over at Carmarthen Bay Film Festival's Facebook page.

So far 400 fans have got tickets, currently there are no more tickets available.* There are plenty more fans wanting tickets so if you cannot attend, please state so on the Facebook event page so other fans can find you and you can email them your tickets.

There are already offers of spare tickets on the event page from others - If you want to come, snap them up! No-one should charge you for the tickets as they were free in the first place so please don't pay for them!

We will be around the Ffwrnes Theatre from 12 noon before the European Premiere so come along and meet up with the crew, the Discworld Monthly team and the huge amount of fans who will be attending.

After the event, many fans, including the cast and crew of the film will be celebrating in the bar of the theatre for many hours until we have to move to a local pub later in the evening. DO join us as everyone will be more than happy to have selfies, sign stuff and generally have lots of fun for the rest of the day!

Do keep an eye on the Facebook event page called European Premiere 'Troll Bridge' by SnowGum Films for additional information right up until the event itself as we will now be posting about the event there instead of sending out extra newsletters.

Troll Bridge has been entered into the Short Film Category and here we will get to see the 25 minute version of the film. We will find out at the Awards dinner on the 30th May if Troll bridge has won. Do keep an eye out on our Social Media Channels for that news !

* For those who have already reserved tickets, great news, your tickets are still valid for the new larger screen. If your tickets was for the second showing please ensure you turn up for the 1pm showing (ignore the time in your ticket and be there for the one big screening at 1pm) .

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2.2 Good Omens Events

On May 31st Good Omens drops onto Amazon Prime. To celebrate this momentous occasion there are several events taking place, including a talk with Neil Gaiman and friends, a premiere in the UK and an Immersive experience in a popup book shop in London.

There will also be an Art exhibition called Good Icons in June. Further details below.

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Friday 24th May: Free Screening of Episodes 1 & 2

Location: Jean Cocteau Cinema, 418 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA

To get tickets visit their website:

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Tuesday 28th May: Launch Event at the Odeon Luxe Cinema in Leicester Square, London.

This is a ticketed event. As to whether any tickets will be made available to fans has yet to be seen.

We know the Chattering Order of St Beryl will be attending and Neil himself has said that it is worth hanging around Leicester Square from late afternoon to early evening.

More info to come, keep an eye on our social media channels.

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Wednesday 29th May: Neil Gaiman, David Tennant and Michael Sheen in conversation about Good Omens. Interviewer is Kirsty Wark

Location: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre,Belvedere Road,London SE1 8XX

Time:7.30pm - 9pm

Tickets: 15GBP - 25GBP

southbankcentre.co.uk

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Saturday 1st - Sunday 2nd June: A. Z. Fell Book Store Immersive Experience and Escape Room

Location: 19 Greek Street, Soho, London

Fans of the book may recognise the bookshop 'A.Z. Fell and Co.' when it appears in Greek Street in Soho, with the show's 1934 Bentley Derby Coupe parked outside.

Modelled on the character Aziraphale's run down bookshop hideout, the unassuming facade might well be overlooked by those not in the know. However on entry it will quickly become clear that this is no ordinary bookshop as it is a five-floor immersive experience and exhibition

Fans will be given the chance to explore immersive set replicas, take on an escape room challenge starting in a recreation of hell, explore a rich array of props and costumes from the show and discover original artwork and on-set drawings from acclaimed portrait artist Lorna May Wadsworth.

The full experience is free of charge, and entry to the exhibition elements will be through walk-ins.

The Escape Room sold out in just 5 minutes.

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Tuesday 4th - Tuesday 11th June 2019: Neil Gaiman : Good Icon - Art Exhibition by Lorna May Wadsworth

Location: Philip Mould & Company, 18-10 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5LU

An Exhibition of artwork produced by Lorna May Wadsworth of the scenes and people involved in the Amazon Prime production of Good Omens.

All of the original artworks are available to buy on their website Good Icons

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Saturday 29th June: Edinburgh International Film Festival

All six episodes of Good Omens will be shown on the big screen at the VUE OMNI CENTRE

as part of the Edinburgh International film festival.

It's an amazing opportunity to see the whole series on the Big Screen.

The showing will be on Saturday 29th June 2019 1pm - 7pm and tickets go on sale on Wednesday 29th May at 10am.

For more info head over the event page on Facebook

edfilmfest.org.uk

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2.3 Good Omens - Soundtrack

It appears Good Omens full soundtrack will be made available as they tease us all with the opening titles which are now available to download.

David Arnold expertly crafted the harmonious melodies which grace the entire series which is influenced by the rock gods that are Queen. That doesn't mean you won't hear Queen's Greatest Hits in the series. Queen gave their permission for several of their tracks to be included in the series including Bohemian Rhapsody in Crowley's Bentley.

The opening title music is available to purchase now from the following places.

Amazon.fr

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.co.uk alternative

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2.4 Waterstones Exclusive Editions of Good Omens and 2020 Discworld Calendar

Waterstones seems to have gained a plethora of exclusive special editions.

First up is a special edition of the novel Good Omens.

It's specially designed cover and end-papers are exclusive to Waterstones.

It is also the first to contain the definitive text of the book which we believe is the same text that will be in the new Definitive Illustrated Editions .

We have a copy of this one to give away in this month's competition.

ISBN: 9780552176729

Price : 8.99GBP

Waterstones Edition

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Waterstones also has not just one but TWO exclusive edition of the Good Omens Script book.

One is the standard edition with bonus material exclusive to Waterstones.

Priced at 20GBP it is available from Waterstones.

Waterstones

The other is a stunning limited edition of a 1000 copies only

It has white cloth boards with gold foil detail, endpapers printed with gold metallic pantone, a marker ribbon, head and tail bands, and sprayed edges.

It contains extra material: four exclusive bonus sequences with introductions by Neil Gaiman and 'Scribbles on Set' from artist Lorna May Wadsworth - a series of bespoke black-and-white sketches from the Good Omens set.

Priced at 30GBP it's available from our Waterstones Affiliate link

Waterstones

2020 Calendar

Next years calendar will be filled with Paul Kidby's artwork of the destinations of the Disc.

Titled Discworld Destinations, the 2020 Calendar will be available form the 22nd August and will cost 14.99GBP

Amazon UK

2021 Calendar

The Calendar for 2021 has also popped up on the radar. It hasn't got a title yet but it looks confirmed that there will be one and currently the release date is 20th August 2020

Amazon UK

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2.5 The Troll Bridge Tour

There has been a couple of announcements of future screenings, one of which is the North American premiere..

A full list of all screenings can be found over on Snowgum Film's website

And just in case you are not a Backer and you want to be.

Troll Bridge's contract states that they can continue raising money while they are still in a position to spend money [on the film!] . Once the film has been completed and outstanding expenses covered, SnowGum Films may need to close off DVD availability.

So if you want it on DVD or Blu-ray, order it now as you may not be able to get it later!

To get yours:

BackerKit

Troll Bridge Website

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2.6 Other News

MicroArt Studio has a special set of miniatures available to commemorate Terry's birthday.

They are the miniatures of Angua Von Uberwald, Cheery Littlebottom and Sergeant Fred Colon assembled and finished with a metallized finish. They cost 49 Euros.

They also have complete sets of the glorious Busts (Unpainted and Metallized) available with 15% off the price.

Each set contains The Hogfather, Death, Rincewind, Vimes, Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax.

Discworld Bust Set Unpainted priced at 199 Euros instead of 233.70 Euros

Discworld Bust Set Metallized priced at 229 Euros instead of 270.60 Euros.

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The International Discworld Convention 2020 (dwcon) will soon be publishing its website. The wind tells us that the 25th May would be a very nice time for memberships to possibly go on sale so watch this space.

DWCon

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The North American Discworld Convention 2019 has announced their Grand Gala Banquet - Comme La Tortue: Come Out Of Your Shell!

This Red Carpet event will be a sensational mix of the Oswalds, The Met Gala and everything in between. So grab your fanciest costumes, come out of your shells and get ready to strut your stuff on the red carpet for Comme la Tortues!

There will be a Cocktail reception beforehand on the Terrace and Official Offler Party to follow!!

nadwcon2019.org


3. DiscTrivia

Let's see how hard Jason makes the questions this month. If you feel he is going too easy or too hard on the questions, let us know... Good luck everyone, including Mr Nevill.

Q1.What is Diamana's real name?
Q2.What award did Expletius get?
Q3.Who is Fruntkin?
Q4.Who was Gern romantically linked to?
Q5.Who is Jimmi?

The answers as usual can be found at the end of this issue.


4. Memories of Jack Cohen

By Nick Caulfield

Memories of Jack

By the time I first met Jack Cohen, in the mid-nineties, I had already been a Discworld fan about a decade (and even met Terry by that point) . I was therefore somewhat impressed to find out that he was the person after whom Cohen the Barbarian had been named. I had gone to Warwick University to do a Master of Science course and from that, have the proud distinction of being "one of Jack's students". Although he officially taught me Human Ecology, he also taught me to ask questions such as why, after the introduction of compulsory seatbelts in cars, were more people admitted to hospital following road traffic accidents than had been previously*. Not only that, but he taught me how to persuade a class to ask questions by deliberately inserting stuff that most people wouldn't know about, and then calling us out on it (I've used that trick myself later on in life) . Jack was a member of the faculty (as was Ian) , and I've no doubt that his experience helped to provide a lot of the colour for the faculty of the Unseen University.

Of course, it wouldn't be long before the first Science of Discworld book was published and I had the great pleasure of renewing my acquaintance with Jack at the Discworld conventions at the Hinckley Island Hotel where he was on the guest list. Not only did I have inside knowledge not to miss his talks (which included a lot of human reproductive biology) , and was able to enjoy his company in the bar in the evening. I also have a memorable moment of one breakfast time when Jack joined me in the queue, and as we got our food, saw Terry sitting on his own. "I'm not letting him do that, the miserable sod" said Jack, and took me over to have breakfast with Terry.

After 2006, I was unable to get to the conventions for a few years (until 2016 when the kids were old enough to want to come with me) and although I exchanged the occasional message with Jack over Facebook, I didn't realise I'd already seen him for the last time. In 2016 he was due to attend but had to pull out recovering from an operation on his throat (would have liked to be there but couldn't speak) and in 2018 he was unable to travel. I was able take the opportunity to phone and speak with him at the end of that weekend.

A lovely man, who it has been my privilege to know. Long let his name be spoken.

*For those who still wondered, the additional hospital admittances would previously have been counted as fatalities instead.


5. Review: Irish Discworld Convention 2019

By Jason Anthony-Rowlands

We arrived a just after 10am on the Friday of the convention after leaving out house some 11 hours previously. We decided to drive rather that fly and the included four hours of driving and a five hour ferry crossing. We were pleasantly surprised to find, when we enquired at the reception, that our room was ready fo us. So after recruiting the help of some friends we were soon installed in the hotel and ready for the Convention.

The Irish Convention was the first Discworld Convention we'd been to outside of England and we didn't really know what to expect. I'd been told it was a more relaxed event than the International Conventions so I was excited to find out how it compared.

Firstly, the regional conventions, by their very nature a much smaller than the International Convention so they immediately feel more intimate. We very soon feel in with the relaxed attitude towards timings of events etc. We spend much of the weekend sat in the large, spacious reception area chatting with friends both old and new.

We did go to several events over the weekend and were even involved in a couple, we helped out at the Auction, were part of the guest of honour interview along with Daniel Knight of Snowgum films and we hosted an hour long talk about the history of Discworld Monthly. The hour went very quickly and I think the audience enjoyed our reenactments of parts of "Mort: The Almost Musical", come and ask us about it sometime. We're always happy to explain that one.

I was even asked to stand in for an absent member of one of the Unseen University Challenge quiz for the grand final. Having found I was now a member of "Sixth time Lucky" I probably should have done my research first. The questions were fiendishly difficult but I think I managed to hold me own. We were, sadly, soundly beaten but it was really enjoyable, I think I can probably guess that name of the team for next time!

We picked up some fun items from the Convention's merchandise stall such as the miniature shot glasses shaped like beer tankards and picked up a range of wonderfully designed bookmarks.

There was a dealers corridor where, a representative from Waterstones was selling a wide range of books and the House of Freyja were on hand to sell you cloaks and witches hats.

Throughout the event there was an ongoing story arc about the elections in Schnapp (the Uberwaldian town the Convention was set in) . We particularly enjoyed Anne R Key the dwarf's antidisestablishment slogans. So were many other attendees it seems as even though she Anne R Key wasn't up for election she won. This was all, of course a complete waste of time as the Mayor wasn't actually missing he was just on holiday - thanks to Stephen Briggs for being the Mayor and sending videos from foreign parts.

It was so much fun to see so many people enjoying themselves, especially pleasing was seeing Benard and Isobel Pearson having so much fun with the rest of us fans. This was the most relaxed, inclusive and comfortable we've been made to feel at a convention so a huge amount of thanks needs to go to the wonderful volunteers that gave up so much of their time to make the event so enjoyable. We had an absolute blast and hope to make it back to the next one in 2021.


6. Competition Result: SFX Good Omens and Terry Celebration Issue

Last month we managed to lay our hands on an extra copy of Issue 313 of SFX which contains lots of stuff on Good Omens, a Good Omens poster and a special supplement all about Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

We ask you to tell us when would Good Omens premiere on Amazon Prime and how many episodes will there be?

The answers we were looking for are May 31st and six episodes.

The randomly selected winner was Janet Wright of Liverpool. We'll get your copy of SFX in the post as soon as possible.


7. Competition: Good Omens (Waterstones Exclusive)

On our way to see Endgame at the Cinema we popped into Waterstones in Swansea and picked up two copies of the Waterstones exclusive edition of Good Omens with the newly published definitive text (with all the typos corrected) . We kept a copy for ourselves and got one for you lovely people to win.

In order to win a copy of the Good Omen's Waterstones exclusive paperback you need to answer the following question and send it along with your postal address to by 20th June 2019.

Q.What became of the Convent of the Chattering Order?

Your address will only be used for sending out your prize should you be the lucky winner. Once prizes are sent out all address details will be destroyed. Entries received after the closing date or sent to any other address will be ignored. No more than one entry per person will be accepted - multiple entries will result in a ban from the competition. Failure to answer the questions or provide your postal address will prevent you from being entered into the competition. Answers to the questions must not be posted to any websites before the competition ends. The judges' decision is final. The competition is open to all readers.


8. Birthdays

Everyone has a birthday. If you know someone who would like a mention or if you would like your birthday included in the listings, send us an email the month before your birthday and we will add it to the list! Email Subject: Birthday

Happy May Greetings to :

Matt Binding, David Northey, Richard Degg, Dawn MacCallaugh, Lee Potts-Pointer, Keir Brown, Elaine Ellie, Reay, Carole Fletcher and Michael Van

Happy June Greetings to:

Mandy Oldroyd, Pamela Smith, Zachary Agatstein, Stuart Peek, Deborah Arthur, Becky Caudill, Richard Atha-Nicolls, Stephanie Wendy Lee, Rhys Williams, Kim L Lynn, Francis Whitefoot, Lisa Blackwell-Dickenson, Claire McKay, Billy Jowett, Donielle Gross, Marjorie Ulisa Fletcher, Paul Smith, Vanessa Whybrew, Lucas Abell, Steph West, Andrew Perry, James Aldo Ross, Ruth Delaney, Annette C Wright, James Hill, Eric Jarvis, Becky Cordingley, Alison Trace, Gazza Bun, Philip Robert Young, Gareth Mildford-Scott, Simon Fraser, Tanya Melton, Lydia Lopez, Jane Amanda Smith, Ruth Clark, Frankie Murphy, Shiels Wicks, Anders Spein and a special Happy Birthday to Jason's sister Karen!


9. Readers' Letters

If you have any letters or comments, please email them to

We assume any correspondence is eligible for use in the newsletter unless otherwise stated, including the sender's email address. We may edit your letters by taking them on a tour of Llamedos in a open top bus. It is vitally important that you don't pass off other people's work as your own. If you use information from other resources please let us know so we can give proper credit.

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Below are just a few examples of the many, many letters we received with regards to my editorial last month. Thank you for all your letters.

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* From: "Andrew Nevill"

In response to the DiscTrivia questions you made especially hard - just for me.

Zero

Zero out of Five! Happy?

I think Jason must have misremembered our conversation. I asked him where he got the questions from because I always find them so difficult. I'm doing well if I get one or two right. There was no need to make 'em harder.

On a serious note, I'd like to say that I am disgusted at the vitriolic reaction and awful behaviour of some people with regard to the new book covers. People who would do that are not 'fans'. Any true fan of Terry would never behave in the ways you reported. It makes me feel almost ashamed to be a Pratchett fan.

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* From: "Patti Roth"

Hi - I am so sorry people were so nasty to you and Neil Gaiman about the new covers. I am a Paul Kidby fan, so those are my favorite covers, but I've got plenty of Terry's books w/ other artists covers. To me what's inside it much more important than the covers.

I guess I just don't understand people at all sometimes.

Hang in there and thank you for the newsletter!

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* From: "Linda Ferentchak"

As a U.S. fan of Terry Pratchett, I have always felt bad that more people over here have not been exposed to Terry and his wonderful books. At the very least, every 11-year-old girl should read Equal Rights regardless of where they live, Discworld or flat world. If different covers help spread Terry's words, all the better. The one thing Terry Pratchett was in all of his books was endlessly creative. He found more ways to reach people through humor and wisdom than any other writer I have encountered. If he is to be spinning in his grave over anything, I think it would be the idea that everything must remain unchanged, locked in stasis, and not open to reaching out to new readers.

Bravo for your willingness to open new doors to readers and to try different approaches.

Sincerely,

Linda Ferentchak

p.s. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to you at the Irish Discworld Convention. I hope you will join us in the U.S. in LA in July!

Jason replies: We would love to go to more far away Conventions but finances and lack of remaining annual leave makes it quite impossible to visit the US con in July. Oh, and thanks for coming to the talk. We really enjoyed ourselves and we've got plenty more we can talk about.

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* From: "Matthew Howard Riach"

I've been subscribed for an age now, reading the latest edition I felt compelled to contact you.

I was raised on Terry's works, getting two books every year was better than Christmas. They'd get passed through my family within three days of being on the shelves. I'd read each page and would rarely sleep before finishing. Later on in life at the age of 29 I remember being in the Emporium in Wincanton when Terry called up to ask Bern about a witch they'd been talking about, only to see that name pop up in I Shall Wear Midnight. Giddy as a schoolgirl to think I was that close to where this world we all love is summoned from. That's enough backstory I guess, you get the idea.

To think that you, of all people, should have had to face vitriolic backlash for doing a voluntary service for the fandom. For promoting new editions. I am boggled. Completely.

From a loony Australian now living in Japan; allow me to say this.

Thank you sincerely for your time and efforts. I honestly look forward to your button badges that will come with my copy of Troll Bridge. I spoke with Daniel the other day too, poor bugger is still copping flak for showing the fillum at festivals and conventions by backers less patient than myself.

I'll repeat something I said to him too.

When things get rather heavy and people get angry. What would Terry Do? I think he said it best.

Bugg'rit

Bugg'rem!

Millennium Hand and Shrimp

Yours with an extra hot klatchian curry with raisins and yellow wobbly bits,

Jason replies: Thanks, we've going Daniel Knight staying with us for a few days from Saturday. He's coming over for the European premier of Troll Bridge which we are hosting in conjunction with the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival. Should be a fun filled few days.

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* From: "Dennis Pelton"

I seldom write my thoughts and send them in (sorry Rachel) but the "fan" reaction to the new covers - Guards! Guards!, Mort, and Wyrd Sisters - has my dander up. Herein my rant:

Liking or not liking any particular cover of a book is fine, an amusing source of debate among friends and fans. But getting ANGRY about a cover? Seriously? That's crazy talk. Calm down people! The new covers will not replace the old editions, you will not be disenfranchised, no one will come to your home and surreptitiously replace your beloved copies with new ones. People who like the new covers might enjoy a calm, reasoned discussion of the merits of each cover illustration, but you will be free to avoid such a conflab should you prefer not to engage.

In summary, let me say: STOP IT! Sir Terry Pratchett fans SHOULD NOT BE ACTING LIKE THIS!

Please note that I avoided using multiple exclamation marks. I would bet a silk pajama that some of those complaining were less restrained. (And possibly should be restrained.)

Sincerely,

Dennis

P.S. Jason, there is as much chance that you'll quit being a fan is there is that I'll stop playing guitar...i.e. none. :-)

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* From: "David J Gay"

I note that the age range has been specified for "Dodger" and "Nation".

May I suggest that, as these have been written by a master storyteller, it is advised that they will be enjoyed by anyone regardless of age.

Replies: We agree, but the publishers obviously have a plan about how they want to market things. I've read many "young adult" books in the last few years and I certainly couldn't be considered a young anything any more!


10. Book Release News

10.1 English Language Releases

UK Book Releases

A TV-Tie in mass market paperback of Good Omens is going to be available as of the 2nd May 2019.

Pre-order

Amazon UK

Amazon US

[Tv-Tie In is the fancy wording for having a new cover that matches the branding of the Tv series, probably with Amazon prime written on it somewhere. - Rachel]

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A new Large Print paperback of Good Omens in the US by Harper Luxe is on the listings for release but the date is basically a ?

Pre-order

Amazon US

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The Definitive Good Omens, (or The Illustrated Good Omens (no-one seems to have decided what to call it even though the cover says The Definitive Good Omens)) illustrated by Paul Kidby NOW has a release date of the 23rd May. With 12 full colour illustrations plus numerous line drawings by the amazing Paul Kidby, this definitive version of the text has had all the typos and errors corrected by Neil Gaiman and the Pratchett Estate.

Coming out in a standard and a slipcase edition by Gollancz it is due out on the 23rd May 2019.

It is also due out in three limited editions published by Dunmanifestin. Links below.

Pre-Order

The Definitive Good Omens (Illustrated) : Standard Hardcover

Amazon UK

The Definitive Good Omens (Illustrated) : Slipcased Hardback (ignore that it says Paperback)

Amazon UK

The Definitive Good Omens is also due out in three limited editions published by Dunmanifestin.

Due for release on 20th June 2019

The Definitive Good Omens - Occult Edition published by Dunmanifestin

Paul Kidby Price includes P&P within the UK 102GBP

Discworld.com

Price 95GBP without P&P

The Definitive Good Omens - Ineffable Edition published by Dunmanifestin

Paul Kidby Price includes P&P within the UK 302 GBP

Discworld.com

Price 295GBP without P&P

The Definitive Good Omens Celestial Edition published by Dunmanifestin

Discworld.com

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THE QUITE NICE AND FAIRLY ACCURATE GOOD OMENS SCRIPT BOOK will be released on the 21st May 2019.

Written by Neil Gaiman The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book is a hardback book which contains 400 pages, many of which have scenes that didn't quite make it to the screen.

It will be published by Headline and will cost 20 GBP

Pre-order yours

Amazon UK

Amazon US

There is also two special Waterstones editions with additional content.

One is the standard edition with bonus material exclusive to Waterstones.

Priced at 20GBP it is available from

waterstones.com

The other is a stunning limited edition of a 1000 copies only

It has white cloth boards with gold foil detail, endpapers printed with gold metallic pantone, a marker ribbon, head and tail bands, and sprayed edges.

It contains extra material: four exclusive bonus sequences with introductions by Neil Gaiman and 'Scribbles on Set' from artist Lorna May Wadsworth - a series of bespoke black-and-white sketches from the Good Omens set.

Priced at £30 it's available form waterstones.com

Also Available on Kindle at 13.99GBP

Amazon UK KINDLE

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THE NICE AND ACCURATE GOOD OMENS TV COMPANION will also be released on the 21st May 2019

The Nice and Accurate Good Omens TV Companion will be your ultimate guide to the upcoming apocalypse. It will feature incredible photographs, stunning location shots, costume boards, set designs and fascinating character profiles and in-depth interviews with the stars and crew.

It will cost 25 GBP and is a huge 320 pages of Good Omens loveiness.

Pre-order now from

Amazon UK

Amazon US

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Dodger paperback with cover by Laura Ellen Anderson due for release on the 25th April 2019

Paperback: 416 pages

Age Range: 9 - 17 years

Publisher: Corgi Childrens (25 April 2019)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0552577200

ISBN-13: 978-0552577205

RRP 7.99

Amazon UK

Amazon Canada

Amazon Germany

Note: This is not currently on Amazon US but as soon as it becomes available we will put up the link

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Nation paperback with cover by Laura Ellen Anderson due for release on the 25th July 2019.

Paperback: 432 pages

Age Range: 9 - 16 years

Publisher: Corgi Childrens (25 July 2019)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0552577197

ISBN-13: 978-0552577199

RRP 7.99

Pre-order

Amazon UK

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Discworld Collector's Library Editions.

Snuff with cover by Joe McLaren due for release on the 14th Nov 2019 (Subject to change)

Hardcover

Publisher: Doubleday (14 Nov. 2019)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0857526499

ISBN-13: 978-0857526496

RRP 12.99

Pre-order

Amazon UK

Raising Steam with cover by Joe McLaren deu for release on the 14th Nov 2019 (Subject to change)

Hardcover

Publisher: Doubleday (14 Nov. 2019)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0857526502

ISBN-13: 978-0857526502

Pre-order

Amazon UK


11. Stage Productions

Whilst we would love to get to every event and play to write reviews and articles about them, we just don't have enough time, petrol and a wide enough spread of friends to borrow the couch for the night. But you, our wonderful readers do have the time, petrol and often don't need the couches as the event or play is on your doorstep!

We don't have English degrees here and you don't need one either to write something for Discworld Monthly!

PS. If you know of a play or event that we don't know about (shock horror) , email us. We like the surprise!

All submissions should be emailed to or

Don't forget to visit Pratchett Stage Productions for our most up-to-date list of stage productions.

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11.1 Current and Upcoming Productions

For more details of these current and upcoming productions visit: Pratchett Stage Productions

  • Wyrd Sisters in Woodridge, UK, UK (Wednesday 22nd May 2019 - Saturday 25th May 2019)
  • Men At Arms in Chesham, UK, UK (Sat 1st June and Friday 7th June - Saturday 8th June 2019)

11.2 New and Updated Productions

These productions are new this month or have been updated. For our full list visit: Pratchett Stage Productions

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[Updated: UK] Chesham Bois Catholic Players presents Men At Arms as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location:Little Theatre by the Park, Church Street, Chesham, Bucks HP5 1HU, UK
Dates:Sat 1st June and Friday 7th June - Saturday 8th June 2019
Times:Saturdays at 7.30pm , Friday at 8pm.
Tickets:12GBP, Concess 10GBP
Box office:ticketsource.co.uk
Website:Chesham Bois Catholic Players
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[New: UK] Havant Dynamo Youth Theatre presents Wyrd Sisters as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location:The Pallant Centre, St Faith's, Havant, PO9 1BE, UK
Dates:Wed 10th - Sat 13th July 2019
Times:Curtain up at 7.30pm
Tickets:On Sale Soon
Website:Havant Dynamo Youth Theatre
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[New: UK] Leeds Children's Theatre presents Johnny and the Dead as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location:Carriageworks Theatre, Millennium Square, Leeds UK
Dates:Wed 6th - Sat 9th Nov 2019
Times:Wed- Fri -7pm, Sat 1pm and 5,30pm
Tickets:Adults 14.50GBP, Concess 12.50GBP, Under 16's 10.50GBP, Family Ticket 46GBP
Website:Leeds Children's Theatre

12. Discworld Conventions and other Events

12.1 Current and Upcoming Events

For more details of these events visit: Conventions and Other Events

  • Peculiar Productions Unseen University Challenge in Cardiff, UK (24th May 2019)
  • European Premiere of Snowgum Films short film Troll Bridge in Llanelli, Wales UK, UK (Mon 27th May 2019)

12.2 New and Updated Events

These events are new or have recently been updated. For our full list visit: Conventions and Other Events

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[New: UK] Peculiar Productions Unseen University Challenge

Location:The Owain Glyndwr, 10 St John's Street, Cardiff, CF10 1GL UK
Dates:24th May 2019
Tickets:4 GBP entry on the night (3 GBP for Peculiar Members)
Website:Facebook Event Page

Reckon you know a thing or two about Discworld? Got the perfect Pratchett-based team name? Or just want to prove you've been hitting the books at the Unseen University harder than anyone else?
Get yourself down to Unseen University Challenge, our Discworld-themed Quiz Night

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[Updated: USA] North American Discworld Convention

Location:The Westin Los Angelas Airport, 5400 West Century Boulevard Los Angeles, California 90045 USA
Dates:12th-15th July 2019
Tickets:For prices see their website
Website:nadwcon2019.org

Our theme for 2019 is all about Holy Wood and all the glory of Moving Pictures! From Friday July 12th, through Monday July 15th, we will be making the Marriott LAX our Click Haven. In a World Gonne Madde, join us for The Motione-Pictures They Could Not Banne! Scorching Adventures In the White-Hotte Dawne of a New Continont! Will you get the stars in your eyes?

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[New: Netherlands] Dutch Discworld Convention - CABBAGECON 6

Location:Hotel De Rijper Eilanden, Zuiddijk 2a, 1483 MA De Rijp
Dates:31st October - 1st November 2020
Tickets:See Cabbagecon website for details.
Website:dutchdwcon.nl
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[New: Australia] Nullus Anxietas VIIa in Sydney 2021

Location:Sydney
Dates:2nd-4th July 2021
Tickets:See Website for details.
Website:ausdwcon.org

13. Recurring Fan Meetings

By their very nature the listing of recurring fan meeting remains static. So we've moved the full listings to our website at Recurring Fan Meetings

The newsletter will only include any listings that are new or have changed within the last 30 days.


14. Small Ads

If you want to try to sell your unwanted / duplicate Discworld items to other fans (and its legal for you to do so) email us at with the subject "Ads" and a short description of what you have and how fans can contact you. Discworld Monthly only lists the ads and is not responsible for the contents, validity or reliability of the ads or the buyers and sellers.

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Diarmund Fahy writes: It seems to be that de-cluttering time of year again! I recently discovered three brand-new 2009 Discworld calendars, still in their shrink-wrapping, during my decennial reading room clearout and as I already have the copy I used myself in 2009, I thought they might be of interest to other fans. I think they're worth around £30 each so anyone that's interested can contact me at

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Jude Parsons writes: I have a pristine unsigned copy of Once More With Footnotes available. First edition, third printing. If you are interested in buying it, please contact me with sensible offers at:


15. The End

This month's issue is brought to you a full diary, not enough storage boxes and a spring clean.

The deadline for submissions to issue 267 of Discworld Monthly is Thursday 20th June 2019.

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15.6 Trivia Answers

Q1.What is Diamana's real name?
A1.Lucy Tockley (Lords and Ladies)
 
Q2.What award did Expletius get?
A2.Top Brain award. (Small Gods)
 
Q3.Who is Fruntkin?
A3.A Dwarf who worked as a short order chef in Holy Wood (Moving Pictures)
 
Q4.Who was Gern romantically linked to?
A4.Glwenda - daughter of a garlic farmer in Djelibeybi (Pyramids)
 
Q5.Who is Jimmi?
A5.The God of beggars.
 
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15.7 Small Print

We make every effort we can to ensure the information in this newsletter is accurate and legal. All trademarks are recognized as the property of their respective owners, whoever they may be. Discworld (R) is a registered trade mark of the Estate of Sir Terry Pratchett used under licence.

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15.8 Thanks

Thanks for reading this issue of 'Discworld Monthly'. We hope you enjoyed it. If you have any comments, complaints or suggestions for the future of this newsletter please email the editor :

15.9 The Final Word...

*Rachel here*

We may not be perfect designers, or award winning journalists but we do our best to keep you all entertained and informed about all things Terry. We do have some ethics though. We like our news to be current, up to date and factual with a solid source. We don't like posting rumours but occasionally the source it comes from is 98 percent solid so we will tell you it's a rumour and confirm it when we have a 100 percent confirmation. Our own articles are written by us for us only. You won't find articles from other publications here unless it's a formal press release about an adaptation, book release or event or something we actually wrote for someone else unless they begged us to publish it (OK not begged but some of our lovely friends do ask us occasionally to boost something) . [NB I say we are not award winning but Discworld Monthly did win Website of the Month for Issue 3 back in a different century. It would be nice to win something much more recent, or even just get acknowledged #justsaying]

Whilst you keep reading it, we'll keep on writing it because we love Terry's books just as much as you do.

GNU Terry Pratchett...


Table of Contents:

1. Editorial
1.1 Important Information
1.2 Submissions
1.3 Merchandise
2. News
2.1 Troll Bridge European Premiere
2.2 Good Omens Events
2.3 Good Omens - Soundtrack
2.4 Waterstones Exclusive Editions of Good Omens and 2020 Discworld Calendar
2.5 The Troll Bridge Tour
2.6 Other News
3. DiscTrivia
4. Memories of Jack Cohen
5. Review: Irish Discworld Convention 2019
6. Competition Result: SFX Good Omens and Terry Celebration Issue
7. Competition: Good Omens (Waterstones Exclusive)
8. Birthdays
9. Readers' Letters
10. Book Release News
10.1 English Language Releases
11. Stage Productions
11.1 Current and Upcoming Productions
11.2 New and Updated Productions
12. Discworld Conventions and other Events
12.1 Current and Upcoming Events
12.2 New and Updated Events
13. Recurring Fan Meetings
14. Small Ads
15. The End
15.1 Supporting Discworld Monthly
15.2 eBook Editions
15.3 Contact Information
15.4 Latest Book Information
15.5 Subscription Information
15.6 Trivia Answers
15.7 Small Print
15.8 Thanks
15.9 The Final Word...
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